New Zealands’s Danny Lee defeated David Hearn, Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner in a four-way playoff to capture his first PGA TOUR victory at The Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. They each carded a 13-under-par tournament total, which led to a suspense-filled playoff. Streb, a Rolex Junior All-American and former Kansas State player, and Kisner, a former University of Georgia golfer and AJGA champion, both missed the green on the first playoff hole, the par-3 No. 18, leaving Hearn and Lee to battle for the trophy.
"I was just trying to calm down," Lee said in an article from PGATOUR.com. "I was so nervous. My head was blank and I was just trying to breathe. As soon as I stand on the 18th tee box, first playoff (hole), I felt ready.”
After his tee shot landed behind a tree, Hearn missed a 28-foot par putt on No. 17, while Lee putted for par, crowning him the Greenbrier champion.
Na Yeon Choi tallied her second win of the 2015 season at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G in Rogers, Arkansas. Choi finished at 15-under-par 198 followed by Mika Miyazato at 13-under-par 200 with Azahara Munoz, Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist at T3 with 12-under-par 201. In total, seven AJGA alumnae finished in the top 10 at the annual LPGA event including Paula Creamer, Minjee Lee, Marina Alex and Mariajo Uribe.
“I played some great golf this week and it’s coming around at the right time,” Lewis said when speaking with LPGA.com. “We’ve got some big tournaments coming up here in the next few weeks.”
In the world of amateur golf, three AJGA alumni took home top honors at the Dogwood Invitational, the North and South Amateur Championship and the Sahalee Players Championship. Sean Walsh defeated Rolex Junior All-American and two-time AJGA champion, George Cunningham 3 and 1 in the match play final to capture the title at the 115th North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
At Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, University of Washington’s Corey Pereira was victorious with a score of 9-under-par 279 with three-time Rolex Junior All-American Sean Crocker placing second and a two-way tie between Cal State’s Owen Taylor and Australia’s Curtis Luck.
Ten current and former AGJA players finished in the top-10 at the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Lipscomb University’s Dawson Armstrong finished the qualifier in the first alternate position, however after a golfer dropped out of the field, the Brentwood, Tennessee, native had his chance at glory. Armstrong tallied a 16-under-par 200 to win the annual men’s amateur event followed by Belmont University’s Ashton Van Horne. Brad Dalke of Hobart, Oklahoma, who currently holds the No. 4 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings, finished T3 alongside Paul Boshoff.
“Everything at the end of the day turned out (to be) what I could ask for,” Armstrong said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It was great. It was a roller coaster, no doubt.”